Starting a blog for the New Year?

typingHappy New Year IFB lovelies! I can't believe it's a new year and a new DECADE. So now that it's the first day, it seems like a good time to start something new, like a new blog? Well, in the past few years, I've gotten quite a few emails asking how to start a blog.

So how do you start a blog? Is it easy? For those of you who started blogging, think back… I don't know about you, but I sat on starting a blog for years, reading other people's blogs, browsing around, lurking, starting a blog then deleting it, my first blog was in 2004… it sucked! It wasn't until 2007, three years later that I started The Coveted and found a subject I was passionate enough to maintain it every day for years on end.

Start anywhere

Off the top of my head, my advice is just do it. It doesn't matter how you do it, what it's about, why you have the need to make blogging a part of your life, but just doing it is the only way to get started. The beauty of blogging is that you don't have to share it right away, and for most people it takes time to find their own voices, so don't worry about it. You won't get better if you don't practice.

Figure out what you want

Why are you blogging? Do you want a place to keep all your inspirations, do you want to make money, or are you looking to take over the world?

Glossing over the vast majority of blogs out there, it may seem like we all want the same thing, but if you look closer at what’s really going on, there’s a lot of variety in terms of opportunities. Figuring out what you want will not only help develop your blog, it will help you get the most out of your experience.

From IFB Post: Figuring out what you really want for your blog?

Find the right platform for your blog

What platform should you use for your blog? Blogger? WordPress? Typepad? Tumblr? OnSugar? The choices are overwhelming…

To tell the truth, I don’t believe there is a unilaterally great blog platform. And there is nothing that says that whatever blog platform you use, you’ll be stuck with forever. They all have their good points and bad points, and I don’t believe that one blog platform will make your blog successful. I do however know there are a lot of great options out there, and it’s just a matter of finding the right one to suit your needs.

From IFB Post : Finding the right platform for your blog

Familiarize yourself with the do's and don'ts…

Ever hear about the FTC ruling? Wonder about copyright violations with images? Clueless as to what journalists are griping about when it comes to bloggers not adhering to any code of ethics? As much as bliss ignorance holds, not familiarizing yourself with the ropes can get you burned.

Helpful IFB Posts: 5 Ways to Establish Credibility, Photos you CAN useFTC puts its foot down on blogger freebies

Develop a unique voice

Nowadays, everyone and their dog has a blog, and even the fashion blogosphere is getting incredibly crowded. So how do you make your blog stand out from the crowd? By developing a unique & personal voice. Here are some tips to help you doing so.

From IFB Post : Refining your unique voice

Build your community

Blogging is a social media tool. The key word being social, blogging really isn't a solitary sport.

When people ask me how to get their blogs ‘out there’ I always tell them two things 1. great content and 2. participate in the community. Getting in contact with other bloggers may seem daunting at first, but believe you me, that once you do, it soon becomes one of the benefits of blogging.

From IFB Post: How to reach out to other bloggers

And browse through the IFB archives, we have loads of posts about ethics, advertising, traffic, and loads of tips!

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27 Responses

  1. Carla

    Great tips and advice. This was especially be good for someone who has never blogged before. Great, basic, non-complicated advice.
    .-= Carla´s last blog ..2009 at Green and Chic =-.

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  2. IdStyle

    Great post. It was this time last year that I started my blog, so even though i am not technically starting this january, a lot of these topics are still very relevant to explore in helping me define my voice and continue to find the best ways for me, personally, to keep growing as a blogger. Thanks, as always!
    .-= IdStyle´s last blog ..IdStyle File – Melissa Stewart =-.

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  3. Lorena

    Very helpful, Thank you. Especially since I am in fact just starting out with a blog! It’s nice to see that there’s a community that supports each other.

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  4. Lorena

    Very helpful, Thank you. Especially since I am in fact just starting out with a blog! It’s nice to see that there’s a community that supports each other.

    –www.TheVelvetReport.blogspot.com

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    .-= Lorena´s last blog ..Armand, You’re Beautiful =-.

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  5. DailyDivaDish

    Such a great post Jennine! Even though I’ve been blogging about 6 months–some of this info is still very relevant to me. Especially liked the link back to the Reaching out to other Bloggers post. Thanks for sharing!
    XO Piper
    .-= DailyDivaDish´s last blog ..Fashion Inspiration: Blue Moon =-.

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  6. Joyce

    How did you know blogging was a top priority this year? Thank you so much. I have been reading here for about 6 months and with all the positive, helpful posts, it really makes venturing into the blogsphere as a blogger in addition to being a reader much less intimidating.

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  7. Rochelle

    Wow, thanks so much for this article! I literally just started my blog much in the same way. I just finally said there’s no time like the present, so I might as well just do it and think later!

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  8. hadelicious

    This article is precisely what I needed! I started blogging on the first of 2010 and will (hopefully) continue to do so for the remainder of the year. Thank you for the advice and encouragement!

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  9. Ashley

    Excellent advice! Going to apply it sometime soon, I’ll let you know when you can see the blog you helped inspire. 🙂

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  10. kellysweetz

    As if by magic.
    Was just in da process of tappin da keyz +settin up a blog ….thanx 4 da tips.
    Will b using dem.

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  11. STYLiN GRACE

    This is awesome. We will be sure to use this information as our blog is only a couple months old. What do we need to do to become a part of this community? Please let us know.

    Thanks,
    SiG

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